Becoming a Political Pain in the Ass

How to Change Your Government Sensibly

Thomas F. Metzger  

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Thomas Metzger got you riled up with his first book, Did Big Brother Give You Permission to Go Wee-Wee?, and this one takes off right where that one ended, with chapter 38. Once you agree that some things need to be changed, this is where to find workable, reasonable directions on where to go and what to do.

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"A must-read for every constitutional patriot, would-be-patriot, or anyone who thinks we are free or dreams of being free." Frank Stephens, publisher, The Reporter

Table of Contents

Method to My Madness
Founding Fathers
What Can You Do?
Getting to Know City and County Government
Fighting from the Bottom Up
Getting Acquainted with Your Controllers
Keeping the Controllers in Check
Take It Easy
Letters to the Editor
Free Born John Story
Agitate, Agitate, Agitate
Political Pain
The Constitution
Alone or with Someone
Picking Your Battles to Build Credibility
Friendly Persuasion
Letter Writing by the Numbers
Reductio Ad Absurdum
Government Employees
Show Me the Law
Information and Books to Collect
Group Power
Getting on Local Radio and Television
Personal Responsibility
Wealth of Information Courts and Juries
Mini-Grace Commission
Ballot Box, Etc.
In a Nutshell


Method to My Madness

You might think it rather strange to buy a book that starts on Chapter 38. Believe me, there is a method to my madness.This is the second book I have written, and I am trying to make it as easy on myself as I can. Since the two books work together as reference books for activists and want-to-be-activists, I thought it would make it much easier if the two books had chapters that run in sequence, so you can refer to chapters, instead of Book One and Book Two, chapter so and so. With my first book, Did Big Brother Give You Permission to Go Wee Wee? (herein after referred to as the Wee Wee book), I labored a minimum of six hours a day, seven days a week, for three-and-a-half months. I use the term "labor" in the sense that it is laborious for me to do this. I didn't sweat like many of you good people do in your daily work, but I know what it means to labor ten to twelve hours a day, because I was raised on a farm until I was sixteen years old. Because I was raised on a farm, I also know what it means to be free and have freedom to do the things you want to do.

I was in the Marine Corps at the age of seventeen. By the age of twenty-two or twenty-three, I had started a manufacturing business. At the age of forty, I sold out, moved from the big city to a small, rural town in northern California, bought a newspaper, and began a new career as a muck raking, ass-kicking, limited-government newspaper publisher. Now this is about all you're going to get about my past and what led me to this point in my life. Besides, we are not here to talk about me specifically, even though I occasionally in this book will have to throw in bits and pieces of my life experiences as an activist in order to make a point. Not only that, but when you're reading a book, it is nice to know that the author is not quoting from textbooks he has read but rather has lived and experienced the things he is writing about.


There is one other thing I will say about myself before moving on. I am now and always have been a very intense and dedicated person. When I do something, I put all of my energy into it. When I write or speak about issues in which I am involved, I do it with conviction. I am not writing this book just to be writing a book. I am writing it be cause I thoroughly believe there will be people who will read it and who will become more deeply involved in the struggle for liberation from our ever more and more oppressive government. I published the aforementioned newspaper for fifteen years with no financial rewards to my self. That is all the proof you need to know that I also live my convictions. The terms "I" and "I am" were over-used in the preceding paragraph only to make a point, not for self-praise. You truly are dealing with someone who is committed, not just involved. In the Wee Wee book, I covered the difference between committed and involved. If you've already read it, bear with me, because it needs to be repeated for the people who didn't. It goes like this: When you order steak and eggs for breakfast, the chicken is involved, and the steer is committed. Which are you going to be?

I suspect that my talking to you about doing things with conviction is like the woman who woke up her husband in the middle of the night. She said, "I'm convinced there is a burglar downstairs. Are you going to go down and check it out?" He said, "My dear, I hope that you don't think that I should have the courage of your convictions."


When I wrote the Wee Wee book, I thought it would be the only book I would ever write. As I said before, this is not particularly easy for me. So why am I doing it again, you ask? Well, it's like this. When I wrote the first book, I did it pretty much as a lark. I told my wife we would print 1,000 copies, and if we sold a couple of hundred of them, I could spend the rest my life giving away the balance. It didn't work like that. We printed the first 1,000, and they were gone within four-and-a-half weeks. We ordered a much larger second printing, and I would imagine they will be on the way to being gone by the time this book is finished and printed. You should order the Wee Wee book and read it in order to fill in the voids that will be in your mind as you read this book. There is so much to think about in the first book that there is no need to try to recap it in this book. The telephone number and address are on the back page.


As I sit here writing, my wife has the television on, and in the background I can hear them talking about the D-Day celebration. One has to be in awe when one thinks of the suffering, pain, and death that has gone on in the last 200 years in this country in order to acquire, achieve, and preserve freedom. I want you to stop reading for one minute and think about what I just said. .... . ... . .... .. ... .. .... . ... .. .. ..... .. . ...... ..... .. . .. .. . ........ .... ... . .. ... .. .. ........ .. . .. ... . ... ........ .... ... ..... ....... .. . . .. . .. . .... .. . .. .. .. . ... .. . .. .. . .. .. . .. . . . . . ... . . Did you ask your self what you have done lately to preserve freedom for your children or grandchildren?


If you asked yourself that question, you asked the wrong question. The real question should be, what have you done in the last week, month, year, or decade to recapture the freedom that we once had? The cry should no longer be for liberty, it should be for liberation from an ever more and more strangling, regulating, controlling, taxing, overpowering, crushing, excessive, fatiguing, and intolerably cancerous, overabundant, big government.


In this book I didn't want to reprint or use any of the information from the Wee Wee book. But I know that if I don't, then some of you are going to feel lost. I believe that Chapter 6 in the first book is very important in understanding what I mean when I write about our current loss of liberty and compare it to the loss of liberties that our Founding Fathers thought the King of England had taken away from them.


We will review that chapter in the next chapter, but first get a dictionary and look up the word LIBERTY. This word is used several times in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and was the motivation of both documents. When you have time, go to your local library or law library and get your hands on a copy of Black's Law Dictionary and look up "liberty." I recommend this because the law dictionary has a more extensive explanation of the term. It is very important to thoroughly understand the legal definition. Looking up the true definition of words is good advice at all times. It eliminates the opportunity for people to doubletalk you - more on that later.

Blue Dolphin Publishing, 1995

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